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a well crafted police drama with supernatural ties

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-2017

This is the first book in a series about a small unit of London metropolitan police who become unwillingly involved in a supernatural side of London. This book is nothing like the Rivers of London series. It is dark and gritty, and although there is magic, it is not under their control and they have no guide or teacher to aid them in understanding. I found the first chapter a little difficult to follow as an audio book - a combination of the London slang and the accents, but my ear attuned and then I found it easier. I'm glad that I persisted, because by the end of the book I didn't want to get out of the car and stop listening. A well crafted police drama with a very creepy villain and a nice touch of the supernatural.

An AMAZING complex book, well worth listening to

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-2017

This was a really fascinating and gripping book, cleverly set as a mystery within a mystery. Without spoiling it, this is a book about a writer of old-fashioned murder mysteries and his publishers. There is a contemporary death which intertwines with the last manuscript of the author. Very well written and beautiful reading by the two narrators.

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Epic Fantasy, good mix of technology and magic

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-2017

This was the first book I have read by Jack Campbell. It was very well read by MacLeod Andrews. Without too many spoilers, this world is dominated by the bitter enemies of the Mage Guild and the Mechanics Guild. The rest of the population is mistreated by the guilds, and unrest is developing. Two young people, one from each guild, are thrown together in an emergency. The plot is developing slowly as both explore a tentative friendship whilst trying to protect themselves from the political machinations of the two guilds. I quite enjoyed this book, and will get the next one just to see what happens.

An amusing light romance

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Reviewed: 18-11-2016

This is a light romance novel which I found charming and sufficiently suspense-inducing to make me listen to the end. I really enjoyed Jodi Taylor's St Mary's series. This is nothing like that, but is well written and entertaining. The misunderstandings between the characters are well crafted.

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Excellent historical fiction, but hard to follow

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-2016

I think this very interesting book has not transitioned well to audio book. Dorothy Dunnett introduces a fascinating period in Scottish history. The story is slow moving but comes to a fantastic climax. However, I really struggled with the book in some parts. Like most nobles of the time, the characters are fluent in English, ancient French and Latin, as well as other languages. Her writing is peppered with these languages. If I was reading the book I could stop and look them up, but with the audiobook I could not follow these parts of the story and dialogue.

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Exquisitely crafted historical mystery

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-11-2016

This is the 5th Mary Russell Book by Laurie R. King. If you haven't read this series, I would highly recommend it. Mary Russell is the much younger apprentice and subsequent partner of Sherlock Holmes. Although Holmes is a main character, these books bring a totally different perspective to the genre. This particular book is set early in Mary's life and details a short visit to post-WWI Palestine. It is one of my favourite books and vital to read before Justice Hall, the 6th book. Although this book could be read as a stand-alone novel, I would recommend reading the series in order (first book is The Beekeepers Apprentice), as the development of Russell and Holmes relationship over the years is fascinating. All of the books in this series are excellent. This one is well read by Jenny Sterlin.

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Zombies and superheroes. Need I say more?

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-2016

This book is well narated with two readers portraying the different characters. I can't say that I really liked this book, but I did enjoy it and bought the second one. The world has collapsed after a virus kills nearly everyone and turns them into zombies. A small enclave of people are barely surviving in Los Angeles, aided by some superheroes. The story slowly unfolds through a series of short chapters told from the point of view of many different characters, both relecting the past and the present. Sometimes this was a little confusing.

A world lived on line, a fabulous contest...

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-2016

This book is set in a dystopian future where resources are scarce and most people are living in poverty and misery. The Oasis is a virtual world where people can live their lives, attend school, make money. One of the creators of the oasis dies, leaving a will stating that all his vast wealth will be given to the winner of a great contest. I enjoyed this book, although I suspect it was written more for the young adult market. The teenage protagonists are not particularly likeable, but the contest was interesting, particularly the many references to early computer games and roleplaying games.

Three interlinked Wizard Dresden stories. Great!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 31-05-2016

These are for fans of Harry Dresden. There are three stories involving Harry and Bigfoot. I really enjoyed them. They were well read. Probably not as good if you haven't read at least a few of the Dresden books.

Wow! A fantastic book

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Reviewed: 31-05-2016

This is the first of the Peter Grant books. British policemen with magic. A really well written book that plausibly brings magic into the modern world. Beautifully read by Kobna Holbrook-Smith who makes the English accents sound great (at least to Australian ears). Really worth reading, and I'd recommend the rest of the series once you have finished this one.

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